Christmas Ornaments Discover the Christmas custom, story, myth and legend associated with Christmas Ornaments. This festive tradition and Xmas custom, with its familiar symbol and meaning, has evolved over time. But what is the history, meaning and origin of Christmas Ornaments? This article provides facts and information about the history of Christmas Ornaments as a familiar symbol, tradition and Xmas custom.
Christmas Ornaments - Glass Balls and Baubles Glass Balls and baubles are spherical decorations that are used to decorate Xmas trees. Xmas balls and baubles were originally made of glass and invented in the small German town of Lauscha, a town which specialised in glass blowing. The bauble is one of the most popular of all the Christmas ornaments and have been in mass production since 1847. Christmas Ornaments like the balls and baubles can have various designs on them from a famous movie star to a favorite sports team.
Christmas Ornaments for the Tree The custom of using Christmas Ornaments to decorate indoor Xmas trees became extremely popular during the Victorian era. At first the tree was hung with homemade Christmas ornaments such as small toys, cakes, bags of sweets tied with ribbon containing bonbons or candies like sugared almonds or other bonbons. However, in Germany the Christmas custom of using Christmas ornaments to decorate the tree extended to commercial decorations like silver wire tinsel, glass balls and baubles and other types of Christmas ornaments. Germany were extremely fond of ornaments and decorations. As early as the 1600's a real wafer-thin silver tinsel had been machine-made by German manufacturers. These soon became a popular trend and tinsel, glass baubles and other types of Christmas ornaments were exported to England and the US. The fashion for decorating Christmas trees with glass balls and baubles and other decorations and Xmas decorations was brought to England by Prince Albert, the German prince who married Queen Victoria. In 1841 Prince Albert set up the first tree at Windsor Castle - this custom soon became all the rage in fashionable, wealthy households.
The Popularity of Christmas Ornaments The first American made glass ornaments and baubles were created by William DeMuth in New York in 1870. Christmas Ornaments were then adopted by the masses when, by 1880, Woolworth's sold inexpensive, commercially produced, Xmas balls, baubles and other ornaments. F. W. Woolworth had discovered the Lauscha balls and baubles during a visit to Germany and made a fortune by importing the German glass Christmas ornaments to America. As time went by the glass ornaments were commonly replaced by plastic ornaments.
Christmas Custom and Origin - Christmas Ornaments Some origins date back to the pagan traditions and customs of the ancients. Other symbols, customs and traditions have specific religious significance to the Christian religion and the Nativity of Jesus Christ. And finally there are many new, non-religious customs which have emerged due to increased prosperity and the commercialism of the festival in the modern world.
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